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J-Lo intervenes as Grammy crasher rushes stage

Posted by Emily Wright  February 12, 2013 12:17 PM

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The camera crew at the Grammys kept an unwanted guest off the air during Sunday night's show, and Jennifer Lopez did her best to keep him from causing a stir.

After Lopez and Pitbull announced Adele had won the award for best pop solo performance ("Set Fire to the Rain [Live]"), a Ukrainian man named Vitalii Sediuk rushed to the microphone because Adele is his "favorite singer," made a short speech, and then rushed backstage. Lopez put her hand out in a gesture to keep him from getting to the microphone, but his voice was still audible during the show. Watch the video above see the episode in its entirety.

The man reportedly had no tickets or credentials for the show.

Sediuk walked in with a group of ticketed attendees, followed Katy Perry to her seat, and then took Adam Levine's place in the second row, according to KTLA Los Angeles reporter Sam Rubin. If you listen closely as Adele is walking to accept the award you can hear Sediuk attempt to accept the honor on her behalf, and then utter the worlds "I love you Adele." has a photo of Lopez's attempt to keep the Ukrainian reporter from reaching Adele. Sediuk was later arrested for trespassing and held in jail overnight.

This is not the first time Sediuk has had a controversial run-in with celebrities. In May, 2012, the "celebrity prankster" was reportedly slapped by Will Smith after attempting to kiss him on the lips at the Moscow premiere of "Men in Black III."

Are you surprised that security let him get in? Are you impressed with his bold attempt to crash the Grammys? Did you notice it during the show? Let us know in the comments.

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